High School Sports

Observer’s Sweet 16 basketball poll 01.08.15

Tuesday night, Ardrey Kell beat arch rival Providence 75-55 to set a school record. The Knights won their 12th game in a row, a streak that includes a win over state power Victory Christian in the local bracket championship at the Hoodies House Tournament last month. Devin Cooper made a buzzer-beating layup off a Steven Santa Ana pass to win a thrilling game.

Thursday, Ardrey Kell (13-1) made more history: it climbed to the top of the Observer’s Sweet 16 boys’ basketball poll for the first time. The Knights, who haven’t lost since Nov. 21, jumped three spots from No. 4 in the first poll since mid-December. Since then, most area teams have played in holiday tournaments and at least one regular-season game.

That action has brought many changes to the poll.

Three new teams are in:

• Gastonia’s Ashbrook High (10-1), which got to the final at the Leon Brogden tournament in Wilmington, jumps in at No. 11. The Green Wave is led by 6-foot-9 center Isaiah Whaley.

• Berry, which has won seven straight, returns to the poll after upsetting No. 5 Olympic in a holiday tournament championship game. The Cardinals (11-3) are in at No. 13.

• And East Lincoln (7-0), which won its East Lincoln Winter Jam tournament, is in at No. 15.

The top of the poll moved around a little, but the teams remained pretty much the same. Providence Day, which had a good run at the national field in Hoodies House Tournament at Ardrey Kell, moved up a spot to No. 2. North Meck, which won the Arby (Tenn.) Classic but was upset by Robinson on Tuesday, fell a spot to No. 3. West Charlotte (10-2) dropped from No. 1 to No. 4 after losing to a Maryland team and North Mecklenburg.

Butler, which has won 12 straight, jumped two spots to No. 6, and Hickory Ridge rose five spots to No. 9.

Rk. Team (Class) Rec. Prvs.
1 Ardrey Kell (4A) 13-1 5
2 Providence Day (IND) 12-4 3
3 North Mecklenburg (4A) 13-1 2
4 West Charlotte (4A) 10-2 1
5 Olympic (4A) 12-2 6
6 Butler (4A) 14-2 8
7 Hough (4A) 11-3 4
8 Robinson (4A) 10-3 9
9 Hickory Ridge (3A) 12-2 14
10 Weddington (3A) 12-2 15
11 Ashbrook (3A) 10-1 NR
12 Charlotte Christian (IND) 11-3 10
13 Berry (4A) 11-3 NR
14 Charlotte Catholic (4A) 11-3 7
15 East Lincoln (2A) 7-0 NR
16 Rock Hill South Pointe (4A) 6-2 13

Dropped Out: Harding (4A, 7-5); Lake Norman (4A, 6-7); Cox Mill (3A, 10-5). Also receiving consideration: Mooresville (4A, 8-4); North Iredell (3A, 10-3); Concord (3A, 10-4); Lincolnton (2A, 10-1)